College Baseball

GLVC cancels remainder of spring sports season

Quincy University catcher Matt Westphal handles a pitch during a doubleheader against Hannibal-LaGrange University. The Hawks learned Friday their season is officially canceled as the Great Lakes Valley Conference's Council of Presidents voted to cancel all remaining spring sports. | H-W Photo/Matt Schuckman
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 20, 2020 8:30 pm Updated: Mar. 20, 2020 8:32 pm

QUINCY -- Friday's news came as no surprise.

A week after Great Lakes Valley Conference officials canceled the spring championships and suspended all athletic-related activities, the league's Council of Presidents voted unanimously to cancel all sports for the remainder of the 2020 spring season due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

"I knew that was coming," Quincy University baseball coach Josh Rabe said.

Earlier this week, the NAIA and the NJCAA canceled all remaining spring sports and contests. The NCAA had canceled all spring championships last week, but has yet to cancel spring sports entirely.

"In line with everything else that has taken place, I think (the GLVC's decision) is the prudent thing to do," said Marty Bell, QU's vice president of intercollegiate athletics. "I even straw polled my own coaches, and they thought it was the right thing to do."

Even so, it's bittersweet.

"The guys are obviously disappointed," Rabe said. "But they understand the worldly view of why this is happening. It's tough to take, but they understand."

It's another hurdle as the QU community attempts to regain some sense of normalcy

University officials extended spring break by one week and will institute online-only classes beginning Monday, Resident halls remain open, although most students have gone home and will finish the semester remotely.

"I know they are missing each other," QU softball coach Carla Passini said of her players. "All of their day-to-day routines -- everyone's routine -- have changed. It's created a challenge for everyone."

This week, the softball team began weekly team meetings dubbed "Tuesdays at 10" via Zoom, a video conferencing platform, in order to stay connected.

"It's going to take some time for the reality to fully sink in," Passini said. "They need to know we are here for them."

The GLVC has made that message clear as well to its member schools. At the same time, school administrations have taken different approaches to protecting students, faculty and staff, from sending everyone home to keeping dorms and cafeterias open.

"Everybody is in a different place, so the best way to level the playing field there is to just not permit anyone to practice or play," Bell said. "No one, and I repeat, no one should gain an advantage through this challenging situation."